Super Spurs punish Everton
By Lewis Rutledge. Last Updated: 15/10/05 5:00pm
Tottenham put in a dominant performance as they overcame Everton 2-0 at White Hart Lane.
Headed goals from Mido and Jermaine Jenas sealed a deserved victory for Martin Jol's side, as they move to second in The Premiership and keep Everton rooted to the foot of the table.
The opening exchanges were scrappy, with Everton refusing to allow Totteham's renowned midfielders any time to settle in possession.
The Toffees were fighting for every ball, and could have been rewarded with an early goal when Scotland's midweek hero James McFadden battled past two defenders and hit a fierce shot from outside the area, but it was straight at Paul Robinson and the keeper parried it away to safety.
The home side did not shirk from the challenge though, and started to exert a measure of control with some tidy build-up play, but they lacked penetration.
Aaron Lennon had clearly been targeted as a threat down the Spurs right, and was closed down quickly every time the ball was sprayed out to him, although he managed to break the shackles once in the first half, whipping in a dangerous cross and finding Michael Dawson in the box, but his point-blank header was well saved by Nigel Martyn.
Spurs were unlucky not to be awarded a penalty when the bright Lee Young-pyo was brought down in the box by Matteo Ferrari after a good break down the left.
For all their glimpses of quality, Tottenham's most likely source of a goal came from set-pieces. It was Dawson again who rose to powerfully head Michael Carrick's corner and beat Martyn, only for Nuno Valente on the line to get his body in the way.
The second half kicked off in a similar vein, the visitors content to sit back and try to hit Tottenham on the break, but there was a greater urgency from Jol's side and a typical Jermain Defoe shimmy and shot forced Martyn into action early on.
The inevitable breakthrough came after 58 minutes, when Jenas found space on the right and curled in a delightful ball to the unmarked Mido, who coolly nodded the ball past Martyn into the corner of the goal.
The second followed just five minutes later, the lively Defoe attacking down the left and picking out Jenas in the centre with an inviting cross. The former Newcastle man made no mistake, guiding his header into the net.
Tottenham were in complete control and it looked as though they would go on to score four or five, but Everton fought their way back into the match.
The introduction of Duncan Ferguson seemed to inspire his team-mates, and the big target man nearly pulled a goal back when he headed towards goal from a corner, only to find Robinson equal to the challenge, brilliantly tipping the ball over the bar to show why he is England's number one.
James Beattie was also thrown on by David Moyes, and provided an aerial threat of his own, but Tottenham had the two-goal cushion and pressed for more of their own in an open last 20 minutes.
Surprisingly there were no more goals, but Jol will be delighted with his side's performance, while the pressure will only increase on Moyes.
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|Tottenham Hotspur||Team Name||Everton|
|7||Shots on target ( Inc Goals )||2|
|2||Shots off Target (inc woodwork)||4|
|14||Total Fouls Conceded||10|
Barclays Premier League
|12||West Ham United||29||31|
|16||West Bromwich Albion||29||28|